Posted on April 22, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
“It’s been two years in the works, and it’s finally here!” exclaimed Aymee Balison, co-chair of the Wisconsin Tiffany Circle. On April 14, 2015, members of the Wisconsin Tiffany Circle and their guests gathered at the chapter office in Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate the arrival of a new van for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services region.
The Dodge Pro Master, purchased with donations made by Tiffany Circle members in the region, has been on the road since January.
Tiffany Circle members Beth Anderson, Patty Flowers, Aymee Balison, Sara Horein, Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer and Lavina Harjani-Kuzuhara celebrate the new Blood Services van.
The van is on the road nearly every day, carrying supplies to and from blood drives around the state. Eighty percent of the blood donations collected by Red Cross are given through mobile blood drives like these; they are critical in helping the Red Cross meet the nation’s need for blood. And, the new van has made a big difference. In just the four months it has been on the road, it has allowed the Red Cross to collect an additional 1,500 units of blood – red cells, plasma and platelets that are being used to help patients in Wisconsin and beyond.
This project was very personal for Aymee, whose mother lost her battle with Leukemia when she was only 50 years old. Though her mother died very young, Aymee explained that she was very grateful that blood donations had helped extend her mother’s life. She advocated that the Tiffany Circle take on this project so that they could help others in a similar situation.
Today, the Wisconsin Tiffany Circle boasts a membership of 17. With this project now finished, the members are now in the process of determining what their next project will be.
Please visit our website to learn more about Tiffany Circle and American Red Cross Blood Services.
The new van in action!
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Posted on January 8, 2015 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
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Posted on December 10, 2014 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
By Vicki Jenks, Red Cross Disaster Team Member and American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member
Shown left to right: Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member; and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.
For eight consecutive years, Farmers State Bank, Waupaca & Wild Rose branches, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local work of the American Red Cross. This year’s generous $1,000 gift will be utilized for Local Disaster Relief.
The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES—winter being the busiest, worst time of the year. When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene items, a place to stay, financial assistance, medications, quilts, stuffed toys, and a shoulder to lean on. The Red Cross also supports first responders with food and hydration. The AMERICAN RED CROSS—90% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families in a very emotional, difficult time.
“Down the street, across the country, around the world…the Red Cross is there.“ Special thanks to Farmers State Bank for their steadfast belief in the world’s greatest humanitarian organization.
HEROES 2015 Musicales are set for Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th. For tickets and silent auction donor information, call Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross board member, at (920) 622-3152.
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Posted on December 2, 2014 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
On Tuesday, December 2, a national day of giving – #GivingTuesday – will kick off the holiday season. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages businesses, individuals and families to support charitable activities.
At the American Red Cross, we will celebrate #GivingTuesday within the umbrella of our annual Holiday Campaign. Now in its sixth year, our campaign taps people’s desire to Give Something that Means Something, inspiring acts of goodness and emphasizing that the holidays are about giving back.
By partnering with the Red Cross on #GivingTuesday and beyond, you can help make the holidays more meaningful.
Click HERE to see how you can make a difference!
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Posted on November 19, 2014 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
By Vicki Jenks, Board Member Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and Disaster Team Member:
Pictured: Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member and Nicholas E. Burington, 1st National Bank Executive Assistant.
For four consecutive years, 1st National Bank in Waupaca, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local AMERICAN RED CROSS efforts in Waupaca, Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette. 1st National Bank’s gift will be utilized for both Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in Waupaca County.
The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES-winter being the busiest, worst time of the year. When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers may provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene kits, a place to stay, financial assistance, replacement of prescription medications, quilts, stuffed toys and a shoulder to lean on. The American Red Cross—91% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families during a most difficult time in their life.
As mentioned, 1st National Bank’s gift will also assist the Service to the Armed Forces work in Waupaca County. As the only entity in the world authorized to validate and relay emergency messages to military service personnel in the world, your local Red Cross handles approximately 20 SAF cases annually in Waupaca County.
The 8th annual HEROES Musicales will occur on ARMED FORCES DAY, Saturday, May 16th, in the Wild Rose home of Red Cross volunteers, John and Vicki Jenks. For tickets and silent auction donor information, please call (920) 622-3152 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on November 14, 2014 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
We’re happy to announce that The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin today received $2,000 from FedEx through its Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Program. FedEx’s donation will support disaster relief and a variety of urgent humanitarian needs of the Red Cross.
Each week, the NFL nominates three quarterbacks and three running backs who had the best performance the previous weekend. Fans then vote at NFL.com/FedEx for the quarterback and running back who they think performed the best. This past week, our local AARON RODGERS was nominated and won, triggering the generous donation from FedEx.
For more than 15 years, FedEx has worked closely with the Red Cross to ship critical relief supplies across America. FedEx also partnered with the Red Cross to develop a variety of small business preparedness tools. As a $1 million member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, FedEx ensures the Red Cross is ready to respond immediately after a disaster strikes.
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Posted on September 22, 2014 by American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
By Caitlin Schenck, Americorps Member
My name is Caitlin Schenck and I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where I completed two bachelor’s degrees in three years’ time. I received a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning, a B.A. in Political Science and my minor was Public Administration. As the mother of a toddler, I was unable to become as involved as I would have liked to be during years at UWGB, I was able to gain some amazing work and volunteer experiences when my schedule allowed me to do so. The last nine months of my college career I interned with the blood services department of the American Red Cross. When the opportunity presented itself to me, I was really excited because the Red Cross is an organization I have held near and dear to my heart for years.
Originally, I come from a small town near Wisconsin Dells, Reedsburg. I graduated high school in 2006 and moved to Madison almost immediately after. In 2008, what has been referred to as the 2008 Midwest Flood happened where several states including my hometown had a flood that almost bankrupted the town’s economy. Many of my close friends lost their homes and were forced to rebuild. The Red Cross was the first organization in town after the first responders. All of the roads were closed for a few weeks and so much traffic was rerouted I couldn’t make it back right away to help, and to this day, I am so thankful those volunteers in the community were there to help all of my loved ones when I couldn’t. So when I was given the opportunity to become a part of the Red Cross team here in Green Bay, and given opportunities to volunteer as well, I jumped on board and I can happily say they’ve gained a lifer out of me.
In my time as an intern, I enjoyed the work I was doing, helping out at blood drives, but the chapter end of the Red Cross and disaster services was something I was much more interested in. Then, I got a tip from a friend that there was a part time AmeriCorps position open in Green Bay working in Disaster Preparedness. I applied, interviewed, and have become a member with AmeriCorps. Once again, I have the opportunity to work with the Red Cross in Disaster Preparedness and I could not be more excited for this amazing experience! Now, I will be reaching out to community members and performing preparedness presentations, recruiting new volunteers, and assisting in the Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project which is geared toward 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I just cannot express how excited I am to watch this next year unfold and to be able to be a part of the Red Cross family once again, gain new experiences, spread the word of the importance of preparedness and hopefully make an impact in the process.
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